Eight Iowa Conference championships
CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s golf team, led by fifth-place finisher Taylor Hill (junior, Treynor), fired a fourth-round 354 to jump Luther and capture second place at the Iowa Conference Women’s Golf Championship.
Playing at the par-71 Elmcrest Country Club, Central shot 344-332-359-354—1389 to finish runner-up, one stroke ahead of third-place Luther. The first 36 holes of the 72-hole tournament were played Sept. 27-28 at the par-72 Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls.
Hill fired an 81-81-84-81—327 and held on to fifth—the place she held following each of the four rounds. It is the best championship finish for Hill, who withdrew from last year’s event due to illness. Junior Kelsey Van Tasell (Pella) finished 10th with 86-83-85-90—344. It is the second consecutive top-10 championship finish for Van Tasell, who placed ninth last year.
Both were named all-Iowa Conference.
“It is great to end the fall season on a positive note,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “Coming off of last season’s fifth-place finish, to rebound and finish second with two all-conference players is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Freshman Ali Kallsen (Hinton) shot 87-82-98-89—356, finishing in a four-way tie for 16th. Sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) was 22nd with 90-86-92-94—362, while classmate Chelsey Shuey (Ames) finished 27th with 97-93-98-95—383.
“I am pleased with the way we grinded it out and finished the tournament,” said Wilkinson. “Rounds like these reinforce the idea that every stroke is important. Even if you are having a bad day, one shot might make the difference in the team standings.”
Wartburg won its seventh consecutive league championship with 314-317-309-334—1274. Rochelle Beardsley of Wartburg earned medalist honors with 74-78-77-78—307.
The championship concludes Central’s fall season.